Monty Python star suffering from severe form of dementia
Monty Python star Terry Jones has been diagnosed with a severe variant of dementia called primary progressive aphasia.
It affects his ability to communicate and so he is no longer able to give interviews. The National Aphasia Association describes the disease as a neurological syndrome in which language capabilities become impaired.
A spokesman said: "It commonly begins as a subtle disorder of language, progressing to a nearly total inability to speak, in its most severe stage.”
Mr Jones was part of the successful Monty Python comedy team in the 1960s and 70s and went on to direct their films, Life of Brian and The Meaning of Life. He has won numerous awards for his work.
Kathryn Smith, director of operations at the Alzheimer's Society, said: "We are deeply sorry to hear about Terry Jones's diagnosis of dementia and are thinking of Terry and his family during this time."
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